ROWING: Splash Quotes - Thursday
Ed Moran
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August 02, 2012 10:32 AM
Mary Whipple, coxswain, women eight – “It was plan A all the way and it was beautiful. Right from the start we knew we were just tapping into the power we had developed. And when that boot went down and we went to work, it was game over.”

“Coming off the line, I felt so much power. And then when we took our stride that was beautiful. We were a little high and I just told them to breath and enjoy this moment. Feel each stroke. Be present. And we were present that whole time. It was magical.”

Susan Francia, women’s eight – “That is an American dynasty baby.  That’s right. It was a great race. A little bit tough conditions, but it was awesome. We were confident. We knew we could do it.

“During the race there is never such a thing as you know you’ve got it at this level. Stuff happens out there. It was good. We just kept motoring forward. We caught almost a little crab there at 300 hundred to go but we got it right back.

“It’s just so special, it’s pretty cool. There are a lot of outside pressures but the biggest pressure is the one we put on ourselves and those are the most important.”

Esther Lofgren, women’s eight – “This is the best feeling in the world. We were having the race of our lives and I was thinking just keep it going, keep it going. The conditions were a little bumpy out there, but we just kept pushing though everything. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

Erin Cafaro, women’s eight – “It’s just awesome. It’s just as sweet as before. It’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and down and it was all worth it. You know there is a lot of noise that goes on in your in your head, especially when you take the volume down from 200 plus kilometers of training a week down to, I don’t know, about 50 kilometers, and so your brain is very active and it comes down to being silent and simple.”

Tom Terhaar, head women’s coach – “I try not to think more than a month ahead. So it’s not like we’re thinking about how do we keep it going. We just think, can we get a little bit faster?”

“It’s getting the right heads and the right bodies in the right boats. Getting the best athletes the best opportunity to win a medal and, fortunately, people stuck around and some young kids came up and it just created this incredible depth.

“What did we have, 13 female athletes from the States have a medal?  That’s huge because I watched a couple of Olympics where it was four and the best athletes, who were very good athletes, came home with nothing. So that’s what’s exciting to me.”
Caroline Lind, women’s eight - “I think it’s a testament to the sheer determination and the heart of the women in the boat. I think that’s what it comes down to because I know that there are other women who are physically gifted and are amazing rowers, but the difference between everyone else and the American team is that we want it bad. We want it more, and I think that heart and togetherness, we do it as a unit, we’re stronger as a unit, is what makes us different.”

Caryn Davies, women’s eight – “So I was sitting on the start line and I thought about something Mary said to me about three years ago, maybe a little bit more. I was thinking about whether or not I wanted to come back and go for another Olympics and she said ‘I want to feel what it feels like to sit on the start line and have that excitement running though me, and I want to look you in the eye and know that we can have a great race and I thought about that on the start line.

“There is just no feeling like that. Having all that adrenaline running through you and knowing you can have a great performance if you do what you know how to do and thankfully that’s something I’ve been able to do for three Olympics now and there’s nothing I would rather share with my teammates.”

Julie Nichols, lightweight women’s double sculls – “I think we put it all out there. Tough field, really competitive field. We’re obviously pretty disappointed but we have a statement to make in our next race. We’re going to give it everything and make a statement there.”

Kristin Hedstrom – “I’m very proud of what we’ve done and the way we’ve competed as a crew this year and last year. We went out to make the Olympic A final and that would have been great, but I think we put up a really good fight in doing so. But it’s a great field. Credit to our competitors.”

Gevvie Stone, women’s single sculls – “I wanted to go out there and have the race of my life and make the top three. It’s a really fast field and I hoped to go out and catch (Emma Twigg from New Zealand.) She’s fast and I didn’t handle the conditions as well as I could have and I went out there and I did fight and I did think I could have rowed possibly more effectively.”

“But I put my heart out there and I want to go out there in the B final and have the race of my life.”

Scott Gault, men’s four – “Yeah, the race was pretty good. Pretty tricky conditions with the cross tailwind, so we had to focus on the rhythm and the rowing to get through and it was a little scratchy, but we got the job done. I think more importantly it was the low profile we've had all year - not going to the world cups and focusing on training. I think we're seeing that pan out.

“Germany took off in the lead, but we knew it was going to be a long race, so getting that early lead was probably going to make them hurt down the race. Once we stopped their advances, we went to work and just started chipping away at them. Then once we saw we got the lead, we knew it wasn't going to be easy, we had to keep pushing.”

“Saturday is going to be the big dance. Obviously, there’s a couple of crews from the other semi that are going to be really fast. Our focus is still going to be staying ahead of the Greeks, staying ahead of the Germans. I think if we can get that done, we can look at the medals from there.”

Glen Ochal, men’s four – “We kept it inside our boat. We were ahead by halfway, right where we wanted to be. We weathered the storm in the first half because people were doing a lot of crazy things. We stuck to our rhythm and that carried us. Greece gave us a little trouble there in the end, but we stayed ahead of them.

“We have to row pretty well on Saturday. It’s good to get another race under our belt, but we have to be ready for Saturday.”

Charlie Cole, men’s four – “We didn’t really know what to expect because GB and Australia were in the other semi and everyone in this one was going to think that they really had a chance. We just thought that everyone would throw something at us and we were trying to focus on us, on our rowing and weather the storm and see if we could come out on top. We’ll go in and talk about it and see what we can improve for next time. I think we’re going to have to make some improvements if we want to come home with a medal. So we’re going to try and see what we can improve over the next couple of days.”

“We’ll see Greece again and we know they’re good. They beat us last year. They’ve beaten us many times, more than once last year. We know they’re good. We know that they’re going to really do everything they can in the finals so we’ll see.

“We’re pretty pleased with our crew. We know we have a chance.”

Henrik Rummel, men’s four – “It feels good to be in the final. I think we could have done a little better to handle the conditions, but all that said I am happy with the way that that turned out. There was a very strong cross wind that makes you go down to port and it makes it feel heavy. It makes the race tougher. You can definitely feel it at the start. But everyone is dealing with it. We just have to make sure we handle it well.”    

Will Newell, lightweight men’s four – “The start wasn't terrible. We were in sixth, but we were sort of in the pack. We weren't too worried about the margins. There was less looking out of the boat. We just tried to get into a good long rhythm. I think we executed that well, and it left us a little more juice in the last quarter.” 

I think we handled the conditions well. It was really swirly wind, and it would be cross-tail but then you'd feel a gust of head(wind). We had a better-executed piece than in the semifinal. We were happy to improve on our last performance. It was mixed results, but overall it's been pretty positive. We're definitely in a better position than we were last year. I think when you can identify sort of definitive improvement over a twelve-month time span, it's an encouraging thing.”